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Gary Speed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ray Ellingham   
Sunday, 27 November 2011 18:38

The RAW thoughts and prayers go out to Gary's family and friends. Today the world has lost a great football manager but even more sadly a great man. He will be missed by all."

 

 
Cardiff Referees Guest Speaker PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ray Ellingham   
Friday, 28 October 2011 12:53

Martin Bodenham could be best described as the Referee who got the Ump !

Martin is guest speaker at Cardiff Referees Society on Thursday 17th November @ The BBC Club Llandaff CF5 2YQ.. All are welcome

He sent off Vinnie Jones for threatening to break an opponents' legs and gave Roy Keane a yellow card while the Irishman was going off on a stretcher.
So, while cricket has issues with player discipline and challenging decisions, it's all a walk in the park for Martin Bodenham.

The first man to referee in football's Premier League and umpire first-class cricket, Bodenham is in the unique position of having officiated at Stamford Bridge, Trent Bridge and both Old Traffords.

In his third season on the ECB list, he believes a 20-year background in football has been a key factor to being accepted by cricket's professionals.

Bodenham,said: "In cricket the captain is responsible and I have not had too many problems with any of them — it is very different to football.

"You can't say you get everything right but if I have to make 25 decisions over four days and I get one wrong, that is a pretty good percentage.

"Walking out at Lord's for a Twenty20 match last year was my proudest moment.

"I don't have any Test ambitions, though. My goal is to keep my place on the main ECB list and hopefully be considered for a domestic final."

Bodenham refereed three FA Cup semi-finals and the 1997 League Cup final — when Leicester beat Middlesbrough in a replay — before hanging up his whistle in 1998.

While refereeing, he owned a guest house in Cornwall but now lives near Worthing, West Sussex.

He added: "The League Cup final at Wembley was memorable for me.

I was also fourth official for AC Milan v Barcelona in the 1994 Champions League final, in Athens, which Milan won 4-0.


But I suppose some people remember me most for booking Keane for a tackle on Alf-Inge Haaland.

"Keane did his cruciate ligament while trying to 'do' Haaland and I showed him the card while he was going off on a stretcher.

"But the really bad tackle on Haaland was in another game four years later, when Keane was sent off.

"I did Arsenal and Manchester United — the infamous Ian Wright and Peter Schmeichel match when they tangled with each other and there were allegations about things said between the two.

"I sent off Vinnie Jones for making a comment to Colin Hendry. Vinnie had lost it.

"But all the footballers and managers were fine off the pitch.

"I've never fallen out with a manager. You have your moments with them on the pitch but away from the game, everyone was always fine.

"There is a lot more pressure now. There used to be more referees who were characters but the authorities want referees to referee their way and unfortunately it's now win at all costs.

"I'd like to see goalline technology — I think most referees want it — but we shouldn't stop the game for other things, such as penalties.

"Think of a match between Liverpool v Manchester United. Wayne Rooney is brought down, the ball goes into the other area and Liverpool score.

"Then the fourth official says 'disallow the goal and give a penalty to United'. There would be a riot.

"As for goalline technology, there will probably be a match like a World Cup final which will be decided on a disputed goal and FIFA might then do something about it."

Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2011 13:03
 
Welsh Officials Receive Europa Game PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ray Ellingham   
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 13:22

Best Wishes On A Well Deserved Appointment Best Wishes On A Well Deserved Appointment FAW Referee Lee Evans has been appointed to a Europa League Group Match on October 20th.

The team will be travelling to Belgium to take charge of the match Standard Liege v Vorskla Poltava. Lee will be joined by Referee Lee Evans, Assistants will be Eddie King (Ystradgynlais) and Phil Thomas (Trealaw) with Huw Jones taking 4th Official duties. making up the refereeing team will be Dean John (Swansea) and Kevin Morgan (Cardiff)as Additional Assistant Referee.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2011 13:30
 

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Welsh Referees and Observers in demand PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ray Ellingham   
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:28

Lee Evans This coming weekend's EURO 2012 qualifiers (7th October) sees Lee Evans take charge of the crucial match between Bosnia & Herzegovina and Luxembourg in Zenica. Should the results go in Bosnia's favour over the next week, then they will qualify for the finals next year in Poland and The Ukraine. Joining Lee on the game will be Assistants' Alun Boore (Cardiff) and Eddie King (Ystradgynlais) with Llanrhaeadr's Huw Jones as 4th Official.

The continued appointments for our match officials on the International stage is very pleasing indeed and reflects appreciation of the way in which they carry out their duties on the domestic scene.

 Further good news for Lee Evans came in today, as UEFA have also appointed him to a Europa League Group Match on October 20th, details of which are confidential until the week before the match.

Lee's Assistants will be Eddie King (Ystradgynlais) and Phil Thomas (Trealaw) with Huw Jones again taking 4th Official duties. In the Group stages of this competition, UEFA also require Additional Assistant Referees behind the goals, so making up the refereeing team will be Dean John (Swansea) and Cardiff's Kevin Morgan.

Referee Observers Brian Lawlor and Ray Ellingham are also in demand with Brian being appointed to the Denmark v Faroe Islands Under 21 game on Friday, whilst on the same night in Riga, Latvia Ray Ellingham will be UEFA's Referee Observer for the EURO 2012 qualifier between Latvia and Malta.

"The continued appointments for our match officials on the International stage is very pleasing indeed and reflects appreciation of the way in which they carry out their duties on the domestic scene" said FAW Referee's Manager Rodger Gifford.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:35
 
Appointments Update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ray Ellingham   
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 00:00

 There has been plenty of activity on the International front regarding appointments both abroad and in Wales. Please see the Appointments tab for the latest details

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 07:52
 
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